We started this art project full of energy and enthusiasm. That soon ended. I was completely unsuccessful at every attempt to create the giant modern art piece I had in my mind. I finally gave up. We painted over the hot mess I had created and started with a white canvas again. Then inspiration struck and I painted it black.
I spent about a week creating a word document listing all the major cities Andrew Henry and I have visited together. Solo trips didn't make the cut. A few cities aren't all that "major" but have special meaning to us. It took so much time because I wanted the font to kind of go with the feeling of the city. I think I might have OCD tendencies. We then projected it onto the canvas and I traced it all out in pencil.
Then my daughter, husband and I took turns with a paintbrush and white paint and finally one year and five months after I decided to make my own giant piece of art for the living room - we finished! Okay wait, it didn't take that long to do it. I left it unfinished until a few weeks ago. It only takes a matter of days depending on how much time you have each day to paint.
I left some spaces for all the exciting places we still have to visit. I also forgot Washington D.C. and Las Vegas! Will be amending shortly.
Here's a close-up...
This can be done much more quickly with peel and stick letters. Just stick the letters on, paint over them, let dry and peel off. Problem for me was the fonts - I wanted lots of variations you can't find in peel and stick. I just discovered the Sharpie poster-paint pen in water based paint which would have been MUCH easier to use - maybe next time. I love having art that is meaningful to us and that we all had a hand in making. Though, to be honest, I would have gladly let anyone else make it for me.
What place would you most like to add to your list?